§ 27-3-15. Seasons and bag limits; promulgation of rules and regulations by board; possession of more than bag limit; reporting number of deer killed.

CODE OF GEORGIA

Title 27. GAME AND FISH

Chapter 3. WILDLIFE GENERALLY

Article 1. HUNTING

Part 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Current through 2019-2020 Chapter 609

§ 27-3-15. Seasons and bag limits; promulgation of rules and regulations by board; possession of more than bag limit; reporting number of deer killed

(a) It shall be unlawful to hunt the following game species at any time during the periods set forth below:

Game SpecGame Species

Closed Season

(1) Quail

March 16 - Oct. 31

(2) Grouse

March 1 - Oct. 14

(3) Turkey

(A) Gobblers

May 22 - March 14

(B) Hens

All year

(4) Deer

Jan. 16 - Sept. 7; except that as may be appropriate, and based solely on sound wildlife management principles, the department may by rule extend the season by region, by county, or locale to Jan. 31 for archery only.

(5) Bobcat

March 1 - Oct. 14

(6) Opossum

March 1 - Oct. 14

(7) Rabbit

March 1 - Oct. 31

(8) Raccoon

March 1 - Oct. 14

(9) Squirrel

March 1 - August 14

(10) Bear

Jan. 16 - Sept. 7

(11) Sea turtles and their eggs

All year

(12) Cougar ( Puma concolor )

All year

(13) Alligators

Nov. 1 - March 31

(14) Migratory game birds

March 11 - August 31

(b) It sh(b) It shall be unlawful to hunt the following game species at any time during the period set forth below, except that it shall not be unlawful to hunt the following game species during such periods or portions thereof, and in such number not to exceed the following numbers, as may be designated by the board as open seasons and bag limits for such species:

Game Species

Maximum Open Season

Maximum Bag Limits

  
     

Daily

Season

(1) Quail

Nov. 1 - March 15

12

No limit

(2) Grouse

Oct. 15 - Feb. 29

3

No limit

(3) Turkey gobblers

March 15 - May 21

3

3

(4) Deer

Sept. 8 - Jan. 15; except that as may beas may be appropriate and based solely on sound wildlife management principles, the department may by rule extend the season by region, by county, or locale to Jan. 31 for archery only

12

The department may by rule exempt deer taken on department managed lands from the state-wide bag limit.

12

(5) Bobcat

Oct. 15 - Feb. 29

No limit

No limit

(6) Opossum

Oct. 15 - Feb. 29

No limit

No limit

  

(7) Rabbit

Nov. 1 - Feb. 29

12

No limit

(8) Raccoon

Oct. 15 - Feb. 29

No limit

No limit

  

(9) Squirrel

Aug. 15 - Feb. 29

12

No limit

(10) Fox

Jan. 1 - Dec. 31

No limit

No limit

(11) Migratory game birds

Sept. 1 - March 10

Subject to limits set by the federal government and adopted by the board

  

(12) Bear

Sept. 8 - Jan. 15

2 The department may by rule exempt bear taken on department managed lands from the state-wide bag limit.

2

(13) Alligators

April 1 - Oct. 31

Subject to limits adopted by the board

  
(c) In accordance with subsection (b) of this Code section and as may be appropriate, based on sound wildlife management principles, the board is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations establishing open seasons on a state-wide, regional, or local basis and establishing daily and season bag limits.
(d) In accordance with subsection (b) of this Code section and in accordance with the framework of open hunting season dates for migratory game birds established by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and as may be appropriate based on sound wildlife management principles, the board is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations establishing methods of taking, daily and season bag limits, and open seasons for migratory game birds on a state-wide, regional, or local basis. The board is specifically authorized to promulgate such rules and regulations without complying with Chapter 13 of Title 50, the "Georgia Administrative Procedure Act"; and all rules and regulations promulgated by the board pursuant to this subsection shall be effective immediately upon adoption by the board.
(e) It shall be unlawful for any person to possess more than the daily bag limit or more than the aggregate of the daily bag limits while in the field or while returning from the field to one's automobile or principal means of land transportation or to one's permanent abode or temporary or transient place of lodging or to a commercial storage facility or to a post office or to a common carrier facility.
(f) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (a) and (b) of this Code section, it shall be unlawful to take the species designated below, except squirrels, by means of falconry at any time during the period March 16 through September 30; but it shall not be unlawful to take the species designated below, except squirrels, by means of falconry during the period October 1 through March 15. It shall be unlawful to take squirrels by means of falconry at any time during the period March 16 through August 14, but it shall not be unlawful to take squirrels by means of falconry at any time during the period August 15 through March 15 in such number not exceeding the bag limits for each such species as follows:

Game Species

Maximum Bag Limits

Daily

Season

(1) Quail

12

No limit

(2) Grouse

3

No limit

(3) Rabbit

12

No limit

(4) Squirrel

12

No limit


Cite as OCGA § 27-3-15

History. Amended by 2020 Ga. Laws 600, §4-2, eff. 8/5/2020.

Amended by 2019 Ga. Laws 264, §5, eff. 7/1/2019.

Amended by 2010 Ga. Laws 635, §4, eff. 6/4/2010.

Amended by 2005 Ga. Laws 380, §2, eff. 7/1/2005.

Amended by 2005 Ga. Laws 380, §1, eff. 7/1/2005.

Amended by 2002 Ga. Laws 939, §6, eff. 7/1/2002.